Catch Up

Work has definitely picked up for the season.  I worked until 3am last night (eeeerrr, this morning).  I had to work late because of volume and I had four major print jobs.  When I turned to third shift and headed home I got a panicked call that my coverage called out sick and the person calling “needed help”  So when I got home about 12:30 am I logged back in for a few hours.

That was just Tuesday,  both Monday and Tuesday there was barely time to think at work because of the volume.  Tonight is a bit better.  Three of the four jobs last night cleared to print today.  Two others have pushed and although there is an hour left of my shift I have enough time try to blog.

Saturday I drove out to see the girls.  Take the baby some clothes we had picked up and a new book on birds.  I spent about six hours visiting and then headed home.  On the way I stopped and picked up a painting we had re-framed.  The price was Cra-Cra and Lori got it for me for my birthday but I am loving it above my dresser.   We now have two very large paintings done by our friend Char in a very small bedroom but it is great.  Lori worked all day Saturday prepping for classes and grading papers.  Poof, Saturday was gone.

Sunday we had a concert downtown the Vox Womens Chorus was singing.  Initially the show was at 4pm.  We thought we might get dinner downtown after.  However they moved it up to 2 because of the Oscars.  So not much else happened on Sunday before and after I managed to get laundry done, a little food cooked for the week and visit with my brother who stopped by.  (It is an Oscars kinda town.)

Monday-Today is already recapped and I am running on four hours sleep and all of these days have run into one another.  I did manage to make my own Whole30 hollandaise sauce this week with Ghee.  I have enjoyed it with poached eggs, smoked salmon and avocado two days in a row and I just may again tomorrow.


Sugar Sugar everywhere

My co-workers, nearly all of them, either currently have a cold or in the last month have had the flu and or cold.

It was the night before last that I felt that first throat scratchy precursor to a cold.  So yesterday I stopped and got some Umcka.  However in standard Whole30 routine I checked out the ingredients prior to taking it.  Maltodextrin is a sugar made from corn, sometimes wheat.

Why?  Also why didn’t I check it at the store instead of after I got home?  Obviously I did not take it.  I also am not getting rid of it because I may take it in the future or Lori may take it soon if the coughing, hacking students infect her.

Instead I went this morning and got two ginger shots, had one then and put the other in my fridge for tonight.  My throat is already better and no sugar included.  The cayenne pepper in it burns the throat but I felt much better after I took it.


Cutting out the sugar has been the best and hardest part of this process.  It is in everything.  Even my mustard had to leave the house and I found one without sugar.

On another note to continue to share food photos, I will post this mornings breakfast.  Simply because the poached eggs were terrific and if you eat with your eyes first I thought this one was a beauty.





Food Prep…round 2…company

I don’t even know what to title this thing.

I am on day 35, just kept right on chugging with Whole30.  Maybe I’ll reintegrate some things after the 4th of March.  Will just have to wait and see.  There are currently no cravings bad enough to reintroduce anything.  Convenience is the only thing that is tempting.  Like being able to pop toast in the toaster and call it breakfast.

Food prepping and shopping have been my biggest hurdles.  But with planning and taking a little time every few days it is doable.

Having the CSA deliver a new round of veggies helped today.  I only had to shop for protein to get through the rest of the week and that was easy enough to squeeze in after the gym.

Now my nieces Taylor and Maria are doing Whole30 as well so there are lots of texts, food ideas and support.  I now also have an Instagram where I have been putting all the food pics, mostly to not bore you and get ideas from others doing the same thing.

Here are some of the vegetables delivered today along with some food prep.  Watch for beets and romanesco this weekend.

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Six Years

Superbowl weekend is our “anniversary”  Granted it’s not the day we actually married legally with the state but we just find that one to be cursory.

Sunday we both had appointments with the highly regarded chiropractor.  One Lori has seen for decades but she is “retired”, in the same sense that Lori would ever be retired.  Meaning she only works a couple of days a week.

She has moved her office out of her 50th floor condo on the beach in Long Beach, to a shared office just off the beach in Seal Beach.

I went in for an issue with my hip/knee, my right elbow and my jaw.  After an hour appointment, my elbow is still tender but not as much, my hip has no pain and my knee is better.  My jaw is tender from the adjustment but it feels much better.

Her ask to me on the jaw was “are you keeping your words in”  which in this political climate it seems although I make at least one call a day, usually while I’m driving and continue to send out faxes there is just so much I am not screaming about.    So my homework is to stop listening to the news while I drive and that everything I need to know I can get in a five-minute update.

I walked off my appointment while Lori was in hers.  Then we headed to the beach for a (Whole30 compliant) picnic and a little down time.  The couple of hours we sat in the sand talking and watching the water along with the picnic were over in the blink of an eye.  But it was still a beautiful way to take a moment out of our extremely busy lives and acknowledge the day.


Welcome February

It has been a week.  School started so Lori was busy finishing up loading her classes and writing a manual for a software program she will be teaching.  So of course my little sister and her two kids crashed during that time.  It was only overnight as they were heading to the airport in the morning.  We have a small place so they all slept in the living room.


After they were gone I got the house back in order as fast as possible so Lori could finish her prepping.

We also finished the pottery class.  We glazed everything last weekend and will need to pick them up once they are fired.  I was missing one while we were glazing and couldn’t find it on the racks.  I was pretty sure the girl at a different table had it.  I took one last look before we left and found a similar pot with the AA initials.  I gave it to her, she said “oh I must have done someone else’s”,  I told her I think it was mine and it was ok.  I mean really how many small pottery pieces do we really need.  Not even sure what we will be doing with all of these.


There are only two days left of my Whole30 month.  I will be continuing for another month.  The no sugar, no beans, no rice, no soy, no legumes has gotten much easier.  It actually wasn’t that difficult.  Mostly the shopping, prepping, and cooking.   I wont bore you with 45 additional food photos from the month.

Instead, here is my inspiration from the month.  I have lost my Trump weight from 2017.  Whole30 and not checking the news or Twitter until after noon everyday giving all my “home” hours before work less stress and more productive.


Thanksgiving Prep

Traffic home last night was horrific.  I took the 405 without any thought to all the cars and Ubers heading toward the airport.  However I still needed to be up early today to work on Thanksgiving prep.

My goals for today were to:
Make the Wild Rice and Mushroom stuffing
Prep the Turkey for roasting
Cook and prep eggs for deviled egg appetizer
Prep Brussels Sprouts for cooking tomorrow
Prep Salad for assembly tomorrow and
Make the vegetarian mushroom gravy

Well I started by pulling out the ingredients for the stuffing as that would take the longest.  The Wild Rice has to cook twice, once on its own and once with the brown rice later.  I took this picture to start…….but there was never another picture taken, for a time in fact I couldn’t even find my phone.


I did get the stuffing done!  I found a  really good organic veggie stock called NON-Chicken stock and it added some great flavor to the stuffing.  These Shiitake and Oyster mushrooms Lori and I were on the hunt for last week and all of them went into this stuffing.

I also got the eggs cooked and the turkey prepped.  But none of the rest.  I worked for four solid hours before needing to get ready for work.

The rest I should be able to knock out in an hour tomorrow morning with Lori’s help.  Then we are loading up the electric roaster and food and heading to Irvine where the family is gathering at Vicki and Emily’s place.  We all have our food assignments and I should be able to plug-in the turkey when I get there and not have much to do until right before dinner when I cook up the brussels sprouts.  Well except visit, and eat, and enjoy the day.




Prep – Cakes

My sister had been making Prep-Cakes for over a year now.  She has built the business from her home to a rented kitchen, hired an employee and can’t keep the refrigerators at a couple of local body building full.

After a 20 year career in the Air Force she is retiring today.  Her next endeavor is to open a store from for her Prep-Cakes.

Sugar free, low carb, macro balanced cupcakes and deserts.  She made us some last Thanksgiving and we ended up having them for breakfast, I mean why not, sugar free and macro balanced.  So. Damn. Good.  (Link below takes you to her Kick starter)